15 eco-friendly lifehacks to 'go green'

8. Boil only the water you need

It’s tempting to fill the kettle up all the way when making a cup of coffe or a tea, but by using the notches on the side as a guide, you can save on the energy it takes to boil the whole lot. Another top tip: if you do boil too much water, pop the remains in a thermos flask and you can use it for tea or coffee over the next couple of hours.

9. Use rechargeable batteries

About 15 billion batteries were produced in 2015, many of which are thrown away after use. By investing slightly more money in a couple of sets of rechargeable batteries (and a charger) you can be sure of a sustainable and more eco-friendly power source.

10. Turn off the computer completely at night

It may seem annoying to turn your PC or laptop on and off every day, but this simple act can save both energy and money. Throughout the day, try turning the monitor off when not in use and make sure your printer and scanner are also turned off too.

11. Reduce microwave time

Save energy by using less microwave time for your left over’s. Cut down on microwave time by spacing out a circle between your leftovers, they’ll heat up much faster and more evenly. You’ll help the environment and enhance your dining experience!

12. Use natural cleaners

Stop using chemical cleaners in your kitchen and make use of your pantry items instead. There is no need for chemical cleaners to clean your kitchen counters; baking soda and vinegar can work miracles in your kitchen. Oranges and vinegar also work like magic and leave your kitchen smelling great. Own stainless steel appliances? Use cream of tartar and white vinegar to clean your steel appliances without causing damage to the finishing.

13. Charging smartphones faster

Save energy and time by turning on your phone’s flight mode while it charges, you’ll be amazed at how much faster it takes to get a full charge. If your phone battery level isn’t dangerously low yet, refrain from charging it. Instead, switch it to ‘airplane mode’ before bed and rejoice the next morning at the steady power level. Wouldn’t you wake up with a smile too after a good night’s sleep uninterrupted by phone notification alerts?

14. Bay Leaves - a natural pest repellent

These aromatic must-haves for delicious curry dishes, biryani and many types of cooking can also be used to repel certain pests like cockroaches, flies, wasps, mosquitoes and ants. The Bay leaves (Litsea glaucescens) have a pungent odour that these bugs don’t like so place them in suspected spots around the house. Forget the bug spray. Insects, bay gone!

15. When life gives you lemons, use them!

- Dishes: Cut a lemon in half and sprinkle baking soda on its flesh. Then scrub dishes, surfaces and stains with it.
- Laundry: Soak delicates in a mixture of lemon juice and baking soda for at least half an hour before washing if you want mild and stain-free bleach. Or just dump in lemon juice to your laundry wash to boost your laundry detergent’s power. To remove underarm stains from shirts and blouses, try scrubbing a mixture of lemon juice and water.
- Cleaner: Fill a jar with lemon peels and pour white vinegar over them. Leave the mixture for a few days (maximum 2 weeks) and strain out the vinegar. Voilà! You’ve got yourself a freshly scented natural cleaner for mopping the floors and disinfecting surfaces. You can also dilute it with water, spray on windows and glass surfaces and buff them dry with newspapers to spruce things up even more around the house! Plus, these ingredients are much safer than detergents and other cleaning chemicals and so won’t harm anyone in your home.

 

These simple lifehacks are a good start for learning eco-friendly habits and give a little love to our planet. Let's go green!

 
 

Sources: HungryCityHippie, Envirobond, Safra.

Published on: April 2016
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